Bloomington or Bust!

Just returned from 2011 CBAA Conference, and the weekend was a blast. Highlights included presentations by Emily Larned, Matthew P. Brown, Kristin Carlson, Kristen Merola & Tate Shaw, Tatiana Ginsberg, Frank Brannon and Denise Bookwalter. In addition, Andrew Huot presented about his experience with on-line bookbinding instruction, which was a fascinating model to consider.

Following my presentation, entitled Relational Continuum: The Book as ‘Lasting Encounter,’ our panel entertained a lively discussion regarding socially engaged practice involving the book form, which I hope to continue in the coming months. In service of that goal, I will be establishing a wiki that hosts an evolving list of critical questions, beginning with those that emerged from my conversations with Temporary Services, Book Bombs, ILSSA and the CBAA panel attendees. Keep your eyes open for that link, as well as a paper from Emily Larned, which she plans to compile from her presentation, entitled Splits, Trades, Reviews, & Distros: Zine Culture As Model.

As usual, I returned from the conference feeling inspired, exhausted, and bit nostalgic. There’s nothing quite like spending three straight days with those who speak your language fluently!

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